his Bastille Day (14 July), executive chef and co-owner of Uncle, Dai Duong is dishing up Franco-Vietnamese fodder for Francophiles looking to celebrate the French national day sans the traditional ‘steak frites’ and cheese.

With Hanoi serving as the capital of French Indochina from 1902 to 1954, the French have had a huge influence on Vietnamese cuisine, from the adoption of the baguette, aka the ever popular banh mi roll, to the much-loved pho, with its rich stock created using classic continental cooking techniques.Come Bastille Day, offerings at Uncle will leave you spoilt for choice. Munch on crispy pigs’ ears banh mi w/pickles & peanuts, and a rice prawn banh mi w/ avocado puree, sriracha mayo & dillto satisfy all carb cravings; slurp classic beef (Pho Bo), chicken (Pho Ga), and vegetable (Pho Chay) noodle soup’s; and in Uncle St Kilda indulge in a Chicken liver Pâté, shitake and cornichon duxelle and rice crackers.

More of a dessert fan? Uncle doesn’t disappoint, dig into their deliciously sweet Strawberry tart w/ black vinegar curd, basil meringue & pistachio ice cream on Collins St; or head to the original Uncle for a Matcha & raspberry crème brulee w/ sweet egg pastry and a rich Chocolate & peanut butter ganache w/ Vietnamese coffee jelly and banana ice cream


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There’s a new Madame in town thanks to Ben Avramides, Tommy McIntosh, Simon Winfield (Tommy Collins Group) and Lee Smith. Returning to their passion for cafes, House of Lulu White is a bright and fun eatery for south-side locals and beyond.

With an impressive history launching an array of popular daytime-dining destinations around Melbourne (The Little Ox Café, Hawk & Hunter, Little Collins, Golden Child and The Hamptons Bakery & Café, along with Almond Milk Co), if there’s one thing this team knows well, it’s cafés.

The 4 Yarra Street site was once home to Paradise Girls brothel, where asking for your ‘usual’ resulted in something much more risqué than a strong latte! Hence the reference to Lulu White, an infamous procuress and savvy businesswomen, notorious for her ‘hospitality’.

There’s a cheeky gesture to its origins, but House of Lulu White’s focus is on quality café cuisine in a vibrant setting. Designed by TOFU, its bold pink colour palette, oak timber floors, and pops of breezy green exude a holiday feel that transports diners to the charm of Palm Springs.

Tropical wallpaper and ceiling panels, along with an illuminated sign of Lulu’s plump lips overlook the communal-style dining space, with the 50-seat venue inviting guests to graze from breakfast through to lunch over coffee by Dukes.

There’s an all-day breakfast menu featuring some of the usual brunch suspects, along with an array of more playful dishes in a nod to Lulu and the former ‘paradise’ establishment.

What a croque features Christmas ham and raclette croque with mustard, poached eggs and whipped smoked cheddar, while porridge with steel cut oats and shaved rhubarb can be spiked with an impish splash of whisky.

For lunch, there’s comforting options like the crisp fish-finger sandwich with coriander, pickled carrot and cucumber nahm prik, along with Tataki Ocean Trout, buckwheat noodles, edamame, wakame and yuzu sesame dressing.                     

Those after something stronger than a Dukes espresso, can indulge in Lulu’s enticing $30 bottomless brunch every weekend with all-you-can-drink Mimosas, espresso martinis and bloody Marys.

Open from 7am-4pm on all other weekdays and 8am-4pm on Saturdays and Sundays, House of Lulu White is Melbourne’s newest brunch retreat, a destination to soak up a refreshing tropical ambiance, despite the gloom of Melbourne’s winter months.

About The Author

Katherine Ng

Katherine is not your typical Beauty Editor. Finance consultant by day and beauty and fashion addict at all other times, Katherine spends her hard-earned money helping the Australian and international economy with her never ending pursuit of everything pretty. A keen traveller, Katherine still holds dear her Melbourne roots with an overflowing wardrobe filled with black clothes, shoes and handbags. Katherine also has a deep love of food and wine, and you can find those adventures on instagram at @thegreedykat Email: kath@couturing.com Twitter: @kath_couturing Instagram: @kath_ng

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